Scotch Plains Rescue Squad still going strong after 81 years

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad just celebrated its 81st year serving the residents of Scotch Plains and its surrounding towns. It is the oldest squad in Union County and one of the oldest in the state of New Jersey.
Last year, our all-volunteer members responded to 1087 calls that included everything from performing CPR to assisting with a childbirth. Its members are NJ State Certified EMTs who are capable of handling a wide variety of emergencies. Training and answering calls can be time consuming, but these members are dedicated professionals who consider it an honor to serve their community.

However, not all the duties performed take place on the ambulance. A lot of work goes into making the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad the best it can be, and for this, we need officers and committees to maintain crews, ambulances, supplies, and the facilities in which they are stationed.

On Jan. 13, Mayor Al Smith swore in these dedicated members at the annual rescue squad Installation Dinner. The officers for 2018 are as follows: Ed Fiedler (President), Deborah Speth (First Vice President), Gregory Cassidy (Second Vice President), Joanne Gurske (Secretary), Harold Hill (Treasurer), Robert Gurske (Chaplain and Deputy Chief), Carolyn Sorge (Chief), Jerry Handsman (Deputy Chief), Patricia Buckridee (Delegate), Joan Lozowski (Delegate), Daniel Sullivan (Delegate), April Gano (alternate Delegate), Cynthia Hill (alternate Delegate), Marcus Valdez (alternate Delegate), Robert Foerster (Trustee), Robert Speth (Trustee), and Chang Yaramothu (Trustee.)

Now, more than ever, the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad needs the support of the community, whether it be by giving your time or donating to our fund drive. Many squads have had to close down in the last few years due to dwindling membership and funds. Let’s keep the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad and its members riding long into the future serving you and your loved ones.
For more information about becoming a member or to make a donation, contact or call (908) 322-2103 any weeknight between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Submitted by Susan Baldani, a life member of the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad

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